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Canon PowerShot SD500
Canon PowerShot SD500
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Hey! You should know that Canon has released a newer version of this product: the Canon Powershot SD1300 IS.

Canon PowerShot SD500

C
We've given the SD500 a grade of C.

Editor's Review

The Canon Powershot SD500 Elph was a great camera in its day, packing 7 megapixels into a very compact body.  It has since been replaced, however, by numerous Powershots with a better zoom range, image stabilization and more resolution.  We recommend taking a look at the Canon Powershot SD1300IS, a good performer at an even better price.

Specifications

  • 7.1 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical zoom/4x digital zoom
  • autofocus only
  • program exposure
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO range 50-400
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • Part Number: SD500
  • UPC: 013803048421
  • Release Date: Feb 23, 2005

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Canon PowerShot SD500 Reviews

Canon PowerShot SD500 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
I love this camera! (Heather — 12/26/2006)

Very nice camera with great details on the pictures. I've own two cameras before and i've broken them in a years worth of time, this one has been able to keep up with my life, so if you have a teenager at home and want to get a camera that can survive them, this is it.

  • 5.0 out of 5
7.1 mp n no high cost (Vikrant — 11/19/2006)

it is an excellent camera and its mode.

  • 4.0 out of 5
excellent (Danni — 11/11/2006)

for the price, its badass. i have never had an LCD issue though and its been banged up pretty bad. im surprised mine hasnt broken. i keep it in my pocket all the time too! so far i've enjoyed having the camera except for the fact that it doesnt have a battery meter.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Good camera but LCD broke! (Todd — 11/08/2006)

I think they sacraficed the durability of this camera in an effort to make in thinner looking. LCD screen broke after falling off chair onto carpet! Was able to exchange for a new one at Costco, but I know many other stores would not allow it and would make you pay for it. Caution handle like it's your mom's most valuable china!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great Camera but LCD prevents it getting 5 stars (Peter Morris — 10/17/2006)

I bought an Ixus 700 and it took great pictures for nearly 12 months before I dropped it onto a ceramic tile floor and smashed the LCD screen. I was gutted and read about loads of others with similar pain. I decided to fix it myself and a friend in New Jersey was coming over so he got hold of a replacement screen.I also saw a deal on the Dell website for an SD500 for $256 so I got that as well (in case I didn't fix the screen). I fitted the LCD (very carefully) and the camera worked great so I had two cameras —for a week and then it cracked in my pocket. I have since ordered another screen (they only cost $43 shipped in USA) from Canon in New Jersey (tel 001 732 521 7230 from UK). Hopefully those of you with a broken screen will give it a go. This website is really useful
http://rene.conneriver.com/gallery/sd500lcd?page=1
Hopefully the new screen will arrive in the next few days and I will be back to two cameras again. I still think it takes a great picture and it is really fast.

  • 3.0 out of 5
LCD and Battery (Gwstephens — 09/04/2006)

I had the same experiience with the LCD. I just slipped it into my very loose pocket and the LCD was cracked when I took it right back out. They replaced ti for free.
My battery is mysteriously discharging in 24 hours when not in use. Any one else experience this?

  • 1.0 out of 5
Great camera, until the LCD BREAKS (Steve — 09/03/2006)

I have been pretty happy with this camera. It has good startup, but is slow to recharge after flash pics. But one time I did not use the case, and the LCD broke. Everything the other reviews say is true. Only great until the weak LCD cracks and camera is almost worthless.
You have to decide before you buy.

  • 5.0 out of 5
cracked lcd (John Fradley — 08/28/2006)

Great camera for the price,but returning from Paris and downloading onto the computer,the lcd turned white with a black patch and streak across the screen.The camera was safely in my hand at the time,no possibility of any accidental damage.
£60.00 to be repaired.Canon have a resposibility towards their customers to compensate for what is clearly a design fault.

  • 5.0 out of 5
outstanding underwater tool (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

this sd500 fits our underwater needs perfectly small jewel like design but rugged construction makes this an ideal digital for the job!

  • 3.0 out of 5
disappointed (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

the camera worked pretty well. I loved the quickness and the clarity of the 7.1 megapixels - however, after owning the camera for only 6 months, the shutter broke - would not open. Of course, Cannon would not back their product - said it was not covered under the warranty and would be $300.00 to repair!!! Forget that! So, I am now out a camera and trying to find a different one now. My feeling is this camera is just way to delicate.

  • 2.0 out of 5
LCD Screen breakages a nightmare (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Great camera except for the design of the LCD screen. I'll now be on to my 3rd LCD screen. 2nd one broke 1 week after getting back from service. Camera was in a protective Lowepro pouch both times and this was in belt bag. Thought maybe it was just me but I'm normally very careful with cameras. From the other posts on the whole ixus range it seems to be a design flaw. Don't buy until they fix this problem with a redesign. Put on a second plastic protection layer like every other digital camera maker has on their screens.

  • 4.0 out of 5
My constant companion (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My feelings about my Canon sd500 mirror many of the comments: love the small size, speed, intuitive interface, picture quality is great for the most part. It takes better photos than my partner's $1500 digital SLR (although isn't as satisfying to use). What I love the most is the quality of the video.

I also share some of the frustration: short battery life, tender LCD (although mine had problems after I dropped it, and they resolved over time). I don't usually shoot in auto mode, probably because I didn't like it.

Some of my pet peeves are: the "on/off" button is too close to the shutter, I can't always find the "mode" I want (kids, snow, etc.).

After a year of about 300 snapshots a month, I feel no need to upgrade.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Best Camera Ever (Worst LCD Ever) (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

We got this camera (SD500) for Christmas. We were very very happy with. Great pictures, great focus, great design. Less than good flash, but what compact camera has a good flash?

But..... three months later, I take the camera out of its case (which is pretty good) and the LCD what cracked. The camera had been in my suitcase, in its case. There is no reason for the cracked LCD. Terrible.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent battle horse (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I take it with me to a trip to Central America
I used at mounting,ocean,farm and the city. The picture are so excellent the camara work really good I love it. Also it were use by my 14 and 13 years old daughter's is easy to handle.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Another one stuck (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After 7 months the same thing happened to me. The LCD monitor cracked—never dropped, nothing. I am supposed to send it back, but I can see the handwriting on the wall. They will tell me it will cost almost $200 like everyone else. I paid $500 at Circuit City, plus another $100 in accessories. Basically, I am out $600 after 7 months. I am just sick. And so is anyone who buys this camera. Too bad I didn't read these reviews before I sunk all that money into a camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
LCD sucks (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am very happy with the picture quality but the LCD spontaneously (I have always taken good care of this camera) imploded..!! Suddenly I found a sort of interior crack on the screen. Not impressed. In between file storage problems, cameras being overly delicate and all this crap... i might even go back to film and scans..

  • 4.0 out of 5
Beware of battery life (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is a nice little camera. But one problem to be aware of: You have to actually shoot a photo before the camera will tell you if the battery is low. This can be a real pain unless you enjoy finding out you have a low battery when you're five to 10 miles from home. Most cameras will tell you a battery's life when you click it on not the SD500. So, before you go out the door, click off a picture or you'll be sorry.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love It (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Compact, easy to use, takes great pictures.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Another cracked LCD on SD500 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I purchased the camera for my wife as a birthday present, and it takes good photos. I have always felt good about the quality of canon products, but the past two months have changed my opinion. The screen apparently cracked spontaneously in her purse. This message board confirmed my thoughts about the camera, so I thought I would add my two cents. I bought the newest ELPH, but apparently CANON has not solved the defect.

I hope they fix it at no charge. If not I will never buy Canon again.

  • 5.0 out of 5
hang in there macro does work (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Love this camera, did a test in the store with 3-4 other brand names. The Macro needs a little experiment and is sensitive with the right distance and use of zoom but it does work well, as good as the prev Ricoh Caplio, experiment a little and you can get the words "swiss" to come out if say you photo graph a high quality watch face.

My wife really likes its fucntionality and ease of use, especially the fast boot and "motor" drive fucntion

  • 1.0 out of 5
LCD broke like a dozen owners befor me (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I thought I was careless,after putting the camera in my front EMPTY pocket,I took it out 30 minutes latter to find the LCD destroyed,then reading all the similar disasters that other owners experienced ,then paying the criminal $200 to replace the wafer thin unprotected LCD...if I do have have it repaired I will GLUE a small piece of thin Plexiglas over the LCD frame to prevent any other disasters...Im really mad at the complete design negligence of this overpriced Lemon.

What is sad is I bought this camera thinking the mental housing would protect the Camera...was I wrong.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Canon Ixus 700 (SD 500) beware the fragile LCD (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I scoured the websites only to hear great things about the Ixus 700 (sd 500) I have to say that it has been nothing but dissapointing, especially when the LCD just cracked in the padded case that I have, I thought it was my problem, only to hear of a friend with a similar problem.

Canon have been extremely unhelpful with this situation and the people who say come on it's easy to fix or you must have abused the camera on these websites must be Canon spies or something, you can't tell me that buying "the best" compact digital should put you in such a position.

The red eye is dreadful on the camera, the video whirs when you play it back. Too much compromise for having a small camera and unnaceptable that the LCD screen is so fragile. I wish I had never bought it.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Won't curb red eye - LCD too sensitive (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Frankly, I hate this camera. I have taken 1000's of photos with it and it is so tempermental, you can never tell if one is going to be good or not. The red eye reduction feature is the WORST. Every time I take photos indoors, I have to spend countless hours fixing the red eye, because this wasted camera cannot figure out how to do it. Now, last week, at a luncheon, someone handed it back to me with her thumb on the LCD - guess what! It's broken now. She didn't dig into the LCD, just happened to touch it and they want $220 to fix it. I won't get it fixed and I won't buy another Canon (this is like my 5th Canon, but goodbye to them), and I hope you don't either.

  • 4.0 out of 5
works well and takes great pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

difficulty with using regular settings. certain settings are unnecessary.....fireworks, snow....what happened to the action, portrait and flower settings? it's definitely designed to meet japanese cultural needs.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Are you kidding me? (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was sick of my old Olympus camera and wanted an upgrade. I had heard nothing but good things from my friends that own Canon cameras and this one seemed like everything I was looking for. I received the camera in the mail exactly a week ago, and have used it twice. On the second time I used it, I took it out of my car to discover that the LCD screen was completely messed up and no longer showed the views. The camera still took pictures, albeit I was taking them blind. But this is completely unacceptable for the camera to be this fragile, especially when it was just sitting in my car. It seems that Canon knows of the problem too, but they're too lazy to do anything about it...great company (sarcasm). I take great cares of things that cost a lot of money (including this camera), and for it to break so easily is absolutely absurd. I have had my old Olympus 2+ years and never had any problems, aside from the quality. I was impressed by the quality and easiness of use for the SD500, but now I have to deal with all the warranty crap and take my old camera to my semester in London, instead of my new camera I was all excited about. I would suggest getting a different camera so you don't have to deal with all of this crap.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Compact Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my first digital camera. I used to use one at work, an Olympus, and it worked great with very good closeups. I than took a 1 week digital photography class with excellent results using the supplied Olympus camera. All the photos were sharp, including closups although the camera was big and heavy in my opinion with a small display.

I bought the Canon SD500 just before starting on a train trip across Canada. I wanted a camera that was small with optical zoom and a 2.5 inch lcd. Unfortunately none that met my exact specifications were available.

The Canon SD500 camera met my expectations for size and the lcd was acceptable, although it is hard to see anything on it when the sun is behind me. The "stitch function" and "night shot" really work well. The resulting photos are excellent.

I also get some shots which are not sharp and flash pictures taken inside during daylight come out somewhat dark and sometines aren't sharp.

Occasionally the camera doesn't come "on" but the lens extends. Turning it "off" and than "on" again makes it work.

The battery life is very good. I can shoot over 200 pictures with the lcd on and sometimes with flash, with power to spare.

Closeups are another matter. I seldom get a good photo using the close focusing (macro option). This has always been a problem with this camera.

I'm basically satisfied with the camera and I would recommend this camera with reservations. I would not recommend it for closeups. There is really a high grade point and shoot camera, so don't expect to get good results from a moving train or of moving objects, bears for example. You can't really control the shutter speed or even know what it will be.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Focus is Suspect (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Following the normal process of waiting for the pre-focus to lock with the green rectangle on the LCD screen before releasing the shutter does not insure a focused image. Too many times the image is very, very soft. Almost as though no real focus lock was obtained.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Nice camera, horrible LCD screen (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I purchased the SD500 a month after it was released and loved it. The only problem I noticed was that the LCD sreen was extremely fragile. But thinking that it'd b okay if I took good care of it, I brushed it aside. But it's been about 6-7 months since I got it and when I tried to turn the camera on, the LCD remained black and wouldn't light up no matter what I did. I tried to turn it on again yesterday and this time, the LCD turned white and there was a giant black blob on the screen. The warranty doesn't cover damaged LCD screens and it's about $165 to repair it. So... I'm out of luck.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Everything I hoped for (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

... Was cautious when I bought it - upgraded from a mere 2.0 mp HP camera. Did some homework before buying it and I love it. Easy to use, great pics and fun!

  • 4.0 out of 5
lcd monitor (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i was see the picture i take on the lcd during taking it and also see them in the memory card . now lcd doesn t work well . i think that i badly and wrongly changed the system . what i can do please .thanks alot

  • 2.0 out of 5
BACK TO FACTORY IN LESS THAN A MONTH (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Camera did great out of the box. After about a month the auto-focus went bad, and I had to send it back for warranty work. I got it back from the shop promptly, but the picture quality doesn't seem as good. Red-eye also seems to be a really bad problem only after getting it back from repairing.

  • 2.0 out of 5
image quality is not great (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i've owned 5 canon digital cameras - in fact i've never owned another brand. i love them. for the most part pretty solid.

i purchased the sd500 to replace the s500 - i find that in autofocus mode it's difficult for the camera to choose a focus - for rather quick shots everything tends to come out slightly blurred.

i just came back from a trip to dominican republic - (my first real trip with the camera) - in one instance i put the camera on a wall and tried to take a photo of a food vendor right across the street - autofocus, assist beam - i took 6 shots - and when i got back home every one of them was blurred.

this has been my experience for this camera - i'd say that 65 - 75 percent of the 500+ photos i took are not crisp and clear (not using zoom either).

i had better luck when just pointing out of a moving taxi at street life - at least then it chose 'something' to focus on and i had a few interesting photos.

it may just be a problem with this camera. i don't know.

i'm upgrading to the s80 now. if that doesn't work better - i'm going to move back to a sd400 - just because it takes amazingly crisp shots - or try another brand.

luck.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great camera- except for the redeye problem (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I just replaced my earlier Pentax Option 5MP camera with this one, and it is really really good- except for the redeye problem.

I have not seen such a severe redeye problem before... the Pentax used to fire a pre-flash for redeye reduction, and i think that is a lot better than this "red eye lamp" that the Canon uses (if someone is NOT looking at the lamp, they WILL have red eye in this canon).

Dont other users see this problem to be more severe in this Canon than in other small digital cameras? (this is my 4th digital compact camera).

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent Pictures! Fastest Start up Ever! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Overall this is a great camera! I love the 2" LCD allthough they just released a SD-550 with a 2.5. The only thing I don't like is that the came scratches very easily, the housing could have been made different. But I love everything else about it! You wont be disappointed!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Canon covered the replacement of the LCD (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Even though my first letter from the Canon repair center said a damaged LCD screen was not covered under warranty (repair would run me $150 plus shipping) my letter of explaining and complaining crossed in the mail with their second letter letting me know they were going to repair it under warranty! Cheers to Canon on standing behind their product in this case!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Too Fun!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Bought this just before leaving for a hiking trip out to Zion (UT) and Red Rock Canyon (AZ). Wanted something small enough to carry in my pocket, easy to use, complete enough to meet a variety of shooting circumstances. Well I had a BLAST with this camera. I did add a few "rubber dots" to the front of the camera to give me a better grip/hold - particularly when hiking. Other then that this camera was perfect! I took tons of pictures because I could easily pull out my camera when I wanted a picture. It was light enough and small enough to carry in my front shorts pocket. And it was easy to use - I didn't really have time to read the manual before leaving but the basics were pretty intuitive - controls are all in logical places and work well. (I'm looking forward to learning how to use some of the other "options" available). The large LCD screen makes it pretty easy to see what your shooting - even is bright sun it wasn't as washed out as I've seen on some. And the final piece - great pictures!!!! And I am no photographer!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Every shot is a good one! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've had this camera for a couple of months and have taken hundreds of pictures, every shot is clear and crisp. I'm not really an experianced photographer but you'd think I am. I can't imagine a better camera.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Nice camera With A Major Flaw (Fran Kuhn — 08/30/2005)

Two years ago I bought my wife a Canon A70 digital point-and-shoot. It's a decent camera, but it's alarming the number of bad photos we've taken with it. The reason is obvious: The shutter simply will not release the moment you press it. There is always an annoyingly long delay as the autofocus/autoexposure/auto-red-eye-reduction do their things. I cringe every time I think of how many perfect moments we've missed because of that camera, especially while chasing our fast-moving now three-year-old daughter. Thankfully, I kept my T4 Yashica point-and-shoot film camera—at least we have something to look at.

I have to admit, the SD500 is an astonishingly beautiful little camera, and I bought it after reading customer reviews on this site implying it wasn't plagued with a long shutter delay. Well, unfortunately, that's simply not true. It is just as annoyingly slow as the A70, and typical of every digital point-and-shoot I've ever come across. And it’s not just my opinion, either. Just go to any kid’s birthday party and you’ll hear a chorus of “I missed it” complaints from digitally-equipped family and friends as the parents scramble to re-light the candles for a second take.

I am a pro photographer, so maybe my $8000 Canon 1Ds MIIs and EOS1Vs and M-series Leicas and Contax G2s and Hasselblad CM500s have me expecting too much. But then again, even my $15 plastic Holga goes the moment you push the shutter button. Whatever the reason, if you suspect you need a camera that takes a picture when you want it to, you should probably wait a little longer.

  • 1.0 out of 5
LCD screen VERY sensitive evidently! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I only had the camera a liitle over a week when the LCD screen quit working (showed a large black blob in it instead of an image). I use digital cameras at work almost every day so I assumed I should be a responsible and caring user, and I was the only person that had used this camera and did not abuse it in any way I'm aware of, but Canon won't cover it under warranty. Repair without shipping is $150.00.

  • 5.0 out of 5
the best (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

lve owned an Olympus Camedia for 2years. I loved the camera but the LCD has some black spots. So ive decided to buy a new one. I was confused between Nikon 7900 vs Canon SD500. After a month of reaserch and reading reviews I have decided to go with the Canon SD500. I made the perfect decision! You could never go wrong using this camera. It takes excellent pictures. Before with my Olympus, 3 out of 10 pictures are printable, the rest are either blur or too dark and too grainy. With this camera 9 out of 10 are awesome pics. It looked like its been shot by a pro. I love the scene mode where the camera will automatically adjust the right settings for you in specific situations, and the manuall mode which you have control over the whole features of the camera like a pro. This is a truly a great camera for beginners and for those trying to practice to become an advanced in digital photography

  • 2.0 out of 5
Beware of Problems (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I was a little unsure of how to rate this camera because it takes beautiful images, but I have had two major problems with it in only four months. The first problem happened a month after purchasing the camera. During the process of me snapping a picture, the lens froze in place and it wouldn't close. The display screen went black and I could not take or view any more pictures. Thank goodness I bought a service plan for my product, so I received a replacement. I was also told that Canon was aware of this problem. The replacement was also defective. I noticed problems with this camera a week after using the replacement. I took about twenty-five pictures with the camera. The second camera would lock up my SD cards when they were not in the lock position. The cards worked fine in other cameras and SD card readers, but for some reason, the camera that I had locked them up.

I took this camera in again to try and remedy the new problem, and I was told that Canon discontinued this model. I wonder if it was because of all of the problems that it has.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Takes great pics - Awesome (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I took some pics for our local feast, Fireworks good pics and iwhen i say good i mean it!Good pics! It took me about two weeks, reading about it, it's functions etc. Took me two days to think weather i should buy it or not. Today i don't regret it. Really happy about it. Very satisfieed. I knew canon was the right choice !

  • 5.0 out of 5
The best digital camera you can buy (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera six months ago and I can't believe the super clean images and reliability. I bought it on recommendation from a reviewer. On his site there was a short movie that he took and that convinced me. The camcorder stays home now and use it for quick movies and still pictures. Fits in the shirt pocket. Battery life in long... don't pay attention to people who complain about this. It's not true. Bottom line is that Canon made this high quality camera that really blew me away for a very reasonable price. I also own other digital cameras and camcorders... but this one gets the most use around the house and traveling.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Canon SD 500 LCD Issue (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Whoever ownes SD 500 be carefull, whoever's planning on buying one, dont!!!. The LCD is extremely fragile. Once it broke. You are SOL. Canon calls it Impact/pressure To LCD screen, Non-warranty repair. $164.00.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesome pictures - Easy to use (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've taken about 200 pictures with my SD500 and love it! Like others, I'm amazed at the picture quality on screen and printed out - it's almost like being in the scene instead of looking at it.
The camera is very responsive and fast. The only downside I've noticed is some purple fringe on tree branches against an overcast sky, which might be correctable with some of the settings I haven't yet explored. Also, looking through the viewfinder doesn't seem as reliable for framing as the screen does; I think the Canon's use guide says as much. Overall, a joy to use!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I just bought the SD500 and have been using it a few days. The picture quality is outstanding and the features are amazing. I first bought a Nikon Coolpix 7600 and was so disappointed I took it back.
The SD500 is truly a 7.1 megapixel camera, the high resolution pictures are simply stunning.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Memory card error (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I rushed into PC World and came out with what I thought was a camera!! three cards later and two camera's later I'm popping back down to see my friends at PC World with a 'camera' that can't take any more than a couple of pictures before an error appears in it's great looking screen. I have used a sony for years without a problem and thought I was upgrading when I pick up a canon....how wrong I was!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Worth the extra dough (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I got this camera after returning the disappointing Nikon coolpix 7600. The Nikon was about $150 less, but I do not regret spending the extra for a camera on which I can depend.

This camera is very fast at focusing correctly and getting the shot. And the image output is significantly better than the coolpix (both are 7 MP units).

The thing I don't like is the battery--I simply feel more comfortable with AA Lithium batteries (which the Nikon had), since in a pinch standard AA Alkaline batteries will do. Also, there is no decent battery meter. I'd prefer at least a scale of 1-5 on battery life, so I could do a recharge before a long outing if the battery was anything below, say a 4. The current meter seems to be just a 0 and 1 ('totally exhausted' and 'almost exhausted', respectively). It's also a slippery camera, which may be plus when doing the quick grab-from-the-pocket, but not so good when you're being jostled about in crowded situations--you'll want to have that wrist-strap on for sure.

In summation, the image quality is fantastic, the autofocus reliability is excellent, though you do pay a premium for it all.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Can't find anything wrong with it! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

For what it is, basically a high-end point-and-shoot, this camera does everything one would expect of such a camera, and does it extremely well.

Probably the most important thing for me in a point-and-shoot is how fast it goes from Off to Snapped-Picture. I didn't time it but my subjective opinion is that it's much much faster than any other of the many similar range cameras I've used. The autofocus is very fast and accurate--unlike others where I had to sort of wave the lens around and half-click until it decided to lock. This one you just give it the half-click and it immediately locks--and shows you visually exactly what it locked on--a real plus.

And the image quality is nothing short of fantastic. Even the movie-mode generates movies so good that for many things I can use this instead of my digital camcorder--the only drawback there is that I don't have a high enough capacity sd card!

  • 5.0 out of 5
I'm in love!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have been searching for a few months for a digital camera. I have done my homework and came home with the SD500! The quality of the pictures are unbelievable. Also it is very user friendly. Its very compact so I will be carrying it with me all the time. I definitely recommend this camera!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
If I could, I'd marry it and have its babies (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Okay, yes, I've only had the camera for a week. But WOW. I can't get over how many awesome features there are, how gorgeous the pictures come out, and how wonderful the color is.
A friend has a regular film elph and all of her pictures turn out beautifully, so when I was looking around for a new camera I thought "the digital must be as good if not better." Well so far I was right.
The only things I've found to beware of are that the battery life is very low. I'm planning on buying a backup battery pack to carry around just in case. Also it seems I'll need to buy a 1GB card because with the stock 32 that it came with I can only take *fifteen* pictures and then it's out of memory. The quality of the pictures, however, is a worthy thing to sacrifice the extra money for.
I just can't wait to play with it more. I SCUBA dive and for those of you familiar with underwater photographs, you'll know that the reds get filtered out and unless you have your pictures developed with that in mind, everything will look blue and gray. Well this has an underwater setting that helps to restore the red. Thankfully along with the camera I was given the underwater housing, so it'll only be a matter of time before I can get underwater and film the fish! Can't wait!

I LOVE this camera so far, and call me overly optimistic but I really don't expect it to disappoint at any time....

  • 5.0 out of 5
Easy to use! Great Pictures! Very satisfied! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I work at Magnolia Audio Video and was planning on buying my first Sony digital camera that was very compact the DSCT1. I have been talking to other employees about the camera and didn't really see great reviews about it. Then the SD400 & SD500 came in. I played with them both for about 20 mins and fell in love. I would strongly recommend this camera to anyone that is looking for a great compact digital camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Camera has good Looks. However Looks can be deceiving (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought the SD500 as my second pocket camera to go along with my Sony DSC-P200 camera. Don't get me wrong, the camera takes very nice pictures compared to almost all other compact cameras in its class except the P200. If I had not purchased and used the P200 beforehand, my review for this camera would be a little different except for a few things which I'll mention. Overall, this camera has a lot less features than the P200 and very little manual controls which could have helped out during certain situations. I've found that taking pictures with less light produces a lot more noise and in the daylight you get a lot of purple fringing in the corners which is non-existent with my P200. The worst part about this camera is the battery life which seems to run out on you before you can fill up a 1GB card. The movie mode is good except it is not as good as Sony's in my opinion. Both cameras have good flashes for up-close shots however the SD500 sometimes is too bright by default. Overall, I do not recommend this camera since it is more expensive than the P200 and overall is not as good in picture quality, battery stamina, and movie mode. However if money is no object and you don't mind having purple fringing or your battery dying on you too soon; this camera is for you. It is because of this I can't give the SD500 an average rating because it should have been so much better for the high price. At least it should be that much better than its competition by Sony. If you are budget minded like me, go check out the P200 instead.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Unbelievable quality and convenience (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Bought this camera for my wife who's completely new to digital cams. In the first day of use, the pics she took look something from a professional photographer. The features are endless, but all seem logically arranged for the novice. I look forward to using some of the advanced features over the coming days and weeks. A special 'Thank You' to the associate at Best Buy who talked me into buying this baby...I couldn't be happier with my purchase!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great subcompact (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Takes great pictures in daylight. It has a great feel and operates very fast. The battery lasts forever. Prints look excellent. Overall the best choice in subcompacts.
Issues that I have faced:
. indoor pics require a flash or tripod, otherwise pics come out blurry
. red eye problem (common for these subcompacts)
. Focusing software (AiAF) focuses on the wrong objects, so I had to turn it off to get well focused pictures.
. No battery meter to tell you where you stand in terms of battery life still left. So I carry a spare with me at all times.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Superb performance (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Excellent features and great picture quality.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I also own EOS20D , it is a professional camera, down side is too big to bring around. That's why I bought the sd500 today and let me tell you I LOVE IT. It takes just as good pictures as my $1600.00 camera does. It is so easy to use I will definitely recommend it....

  • 5.0 out of 5
Could ask for anything better (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I actually work at Best Buy in the Digital Imaging Department and have a lot of experience with many different digi cams. I got my sd500 at the beginning of march, have taken at least 300 pics (I got the 1G card) and couldn't be happier. The macro is GREAT, the digital zoom even keeps rez due to the high pixl, the flash is as good as you could ask for in such a small camera, the contrast of colors on each print is excellent, the quick processing is second only to SLR's (and maybe the new w5 by sony), the size speaks for itself, and it's simple to use. I couldn't be happier- oh wait I already said that, well you get the idea

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent - Plain and simple. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I initially purchased the S500 a few weeks ago, only to find out the SD500 was coming out soon.
I was a little disappointed with my S500 - I own an old S110 that I absolutely love - and the S500 being 5MP, was really disappointed. So, I sent it back, and got the SD500. I can say that is was a perfect choice. Price, quality, size, and finally, technology. How long does it really take to make a new camera? My S110 was just about the same as the S500. The SD500 takes VERY fast pictures, focuses fast, reviews fast, and stores fast. I was quite surprised how fast the camera turns on! A blip, and you can take pictures!

For someone expecting to purchase a new Elph that walks all over their old Elph, this is the one. Don't waste your time with any of the other Elphs.

For the newbie's out there, this is a perfect choice for quality and ease of use.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Buy it! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I've got a drawer full of digital cameras and this one has quickly become my favorite of the bunch. Obviously it doesn't have the lens of a big SLR and it's not quite as small as my older ELPH but it's about as good as a super-compact camera can be. 7.1 mega pixels, great processor, decent flash. This is the camera that's always

  • 5.0 out of 5
Too Much Fun! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have only had this camera for a few days but I'm already having a lot of fun with it. It shoots quick and delivers great pictures! =)

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